Margaret Mahy





Margaret Mahy

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born
in Whakatane, New Zealand
March 21, 1936

died
July 23, 2012

gender
female

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About this author

Margaret Mahy was a well-known New Zealand author of children's and young adult books. While the plots of many of her books have strong supernatural elements, her writing concentrates on the themes of human relationships and growing up.

Her books The Haunting and The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance both received the Carnegie Medal of the British Library Association. There have 100 children's books, 40 novels, and 20 collections of her stories published. Among her children's books, A Lion in the Meadow and The Seven Chinese Brothers and The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate are considered national classics. Her novels have been translated into German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Italian, Japanese, Catalan and A
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Average rating: 3.88 · 13,667 ratings · 1,584 reviews · 231 distinct works · Similar authors
The Changeover
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 2,240 ratings — published 1984 — 22 editions
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The Seven Chinese Brothers
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 850 ratings — published 1990 — 10 editions
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The Tricksters
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 533 ratings — published 1986 — 10 editions
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Bubble Trouble
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 494 ratings — published 1992 — 12 editions
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The Haunting
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 519 ratings — published 1982 — 15 editions
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Maddigan's Fantasia
3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 450 ratings — published 2005 — 11 editions
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The Catalogue of the Universe
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 323 ratings — published 1985 — 14 editions
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Alchemy
3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 339 ratings — published 2003 — 7 editions
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A Lion In The Meadow
4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 229 ratings — published 1969 — 10 editions
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Down the Back of the Chair
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 162 ratings — published 2006 — 6 editions
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December 2009, Margaret Mahy
" Quick Start SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words? MM: Busy,tangled, full of guesswork,excited by ideas SS: What is your motto or maxim? MM: Every grain of sand is a mystery Get more on Margaret Mahy at SimonandSchuster.com..." ...More

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“It changes you for ever, but you are changing for ever anyway.”
Margaret Mahy, The Changeover

“Reading is very creative - it's not just a passive thing. I write a story; it goes out into the world; somebody reads it and, by reading it, completes it.”
Margaret Mahy

“There are always two people involved in cruelty, aren't there? One to be vicious and someone to suffer! And what's the use of getting rid of - of wickedness, say - in the outside world if you let it creep back into things from inside you?”
Margaret Mahy, The Changeover

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